Breaking News – Bill C-571 Replaces Bill C-322

We bring you some urgent news today. 

The CHDC has received word from the office of MP Alex Atamanenko that Bill C-322 will not proceed to second reading but has been replaced by Bill C-571, a new act that is more likely to be supported by the majority of Parliament.

As we understand it, there has been a general lack of support from Members of Parliament for Bill C-322.  Certainly this is substantiated by the fact that we have not received one letter of support from Conservative MPs and their caucus encompasses most of Parliament.  The reason for the lack of support, we have learned, is the impact that the bill would have on trade, should it move forward and become law.  In this case, trade involves the export of horse meat and live horses to other countries.

The prediction is that Bill C-322 was doomed to fail.  Unfortunately, it will not proceed any further due to lack of MP support and is sure to be voted down in Parliament.

The new bill, introduced January 29, 2014, focuses solely on food safety and will not impact trade.  It involves a strict passport system that will seek to prevent horses having received prohibited drugs from entering the food chain.  Countries of the European Union have passport systems in place.  It is predicted that this new bill will likely succeed in receiving the support of the majority of Parliament.

How will this proposed bill keep horses from being slaughtered?  In our hearts we had hoped for the speedy passage of legislation that would stop the slaughter of horses on Canadian soil, as well as their export for slaughter.  We had hoped that our government leaders would understand that horses are not food animals, period.  Regrettably, this is not the case.  The difficult truth is that trade issues overrule humane concerns and even human health where politics are concerned.

We do see light on the horizon, however.  Bill C-571 is a progressive step in the right direction and will be certain to disrupt the activities of careless breeders, kill buyers and slaughterhouses.  Stringent new passport regulations will prevent the majority of horses from entering the slaughter pipeline, however, the key is enforcement.  Will the CFIA, now positioned under the scrutiny of the Ministry of Health, actually succeed in preventing fraud in our food system?  This remains to be seen.

MP Alex fought long and valiantly for Bill C-322 to become law, as have our many supporters – you!  You petitioned, rallied, and stood in support of this bill.  For that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  We will keep you posted on the progress of the new bill, as well as continued actions you can take to help prevent the slaughter of our horses.  We will remain diligent, observing conditions in the field and working toward a complete future prohibition on the slaughter of horses. 

While we’re doing that, the CHDC asks for your support of Bill C-571!  In order to keep a bill alive as part of a long term strategy to support horses, we believe it is in everyone’s best interest to stand behind Bill C-571.

MP Alex Atamanenko states, “We do not have a system that has stringent regulations right now, and in the name of food safety, the bill fits in with the new Safe Food for Canadians Act.  It is an expansion of Bill C-322.  It conforms with trade regulations and it tightens up the whole aspect of food safety.  I would urge all members of the House to support the bill, especially all of those hundreds of thousands of people who supported Bill C-322.”

Please go here for MP Alex’s press release.

For those of you who have petitions in the works for Bill C-322, please send them, no postage necessary, to MP Alex ASAP in order that they be tabled and entered into the government’s records:

MP Alex Atamanenko
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6.

Thank you on behalf of the horses,

Your friends at CHDC

Here’s what Alex Atamanenko had to say in the House of Commons.

January 29th, 3:10 p.m.
Meat Inspection Act
http://openparliament.ca/debates/2014/1/29/alex-atamanenko-1/
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moved for leave to introduce Bill C-571, An Act to amend the Meat Inspection
Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act (slaughter of equines for human
consumption).

Mr. Speaker, the bill I am proposing would prohibit the sending or conveying
from one province to another, or the importing or exporting of horses or
other equines for slaughter for human consumption, or the production of meat
products for human consumption.

However, it also provides for an exception to that prohibition. That
exception is that if the horses or other equines are raised primarily for
human consumption and if the horse is accompanied by a medical record that
contains its standardized description and a complete lifetime record in
chronological order of medical treatment then this meat would then be
acceptable.

We do not have a system that has stringent regulations right now, and in the
name of food safety, the bill fits in with the new Safe Food for Canadians
Act. It is an expansion of Bill C-322. It conforms with trade regulations
and it tightens up the whole aspect of food safety.

I would urge all members of the House to support the bill, especially all of
those hundreds of thousands of people who supported Bill C-322.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

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  2. Manel Dias · ·

    We live in a modern era. Those Animal welfare policies need to be reformed to fit the new era. This is a total shame for Canada and it’s so called politicians that the country known as western cowboys land and the horses and now the very same Horses are being sent even to the asian parts of the world them to be beheaded and use as food for humans. These animals are hardy, rich diversity of breeds and have extra -ordinary endurance. Let them survive the way they used to be without intervention of the human beings as the way they lived many many years ago. These animals have being involved in so many sports, such as polo, show jumping, racing, also so many other western sports events. These animals have being in the first & second wolrd wars as war horses, many have contributed to farming and forest services etc etc. and how on earth that now the very same animals who have given so much to the humans & being their companion animals are being send to the murder chambers to be murdered without any faults of their own?? Instead of planning to shed blood baths open up the recreational and re-habilitation centres where the horses can be used as Riding horses, to work with Disability children, etc. This will provide the people more jobs as well as to benefit the nation. Those many Millions of dollars which needs to be spend for the slaughter use for the subsidizing the valuable and useful recreational areas & places. Stop the evil ‘KILL FIRST” mentality. Those humans who have no empathy towrds these sentient beings are not at all humans. They need to be the ruthless scums who wear masks of a human.These animals have changed the face of the earth and the nations while being the man’s closest companion when they fought along with humans in world wars. These horses have played a significant role in the human world for so many years and centuries.Please respect these beautiful, elegant, majestic free spirited horses. Don’t cull them or send them to overseas lands to face for untimely,ultimate butcher and murder.

  3. […] seats in Parliament) did not stand in support of the Bill.  So at the 11th hour, as we all know,  Alex and his staff drafted a new Bill that was more likely to succeed in the House,  yet it included concessions to the industry that no one wanted to see.  The Bill does not allow […]

  4. David Fiddler, I believe you are on the wrong site.

  5. People in Canada need to start thinking about their health, and the horse that has and still does so much for humans, they are spiritual beings, karma can be a bad thing to the person(s) doing the bad deeds.eating , slaughtering horses are heartless and disgusting. This is why I tell people I will never visit Canada or any country that is so stupid to eat or slaughter horses.

    1. Pamela 73% of the horses slaughtered in Canada in 2012 came from the United States. If the American horses were not shipped here for slaughter Canada would not have a profitable horse meat industry.

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    1. David Fiddler · ·

      You are all nothing but a bunch of crazies! just looki to the US to see what happened when slaughter was stopped there. Humane slaughter is often the best option for horses. much better than a life of neglect, abuse and starvation. Get out of LA LA land and use your head not your emotions. think about What is truly best for the horse.

      1. sporthorse · ·

        La La Land? Humane Slaughter? Watch the videos of these animals being slaughtered and then we will talk Humane. If what they do to these poor horses in the kill box is what you call humane you need your head examined. Don’t be calling people crazies until you have done your research.

      2. David Fiddler · ·

        I have done my research and have visited slaughter plants in Alberta and Quebec,and what I found was that every precaution is taken to provide humane slaughter. The inspectors are very vigilant and ensure that the regulations are followed very carefully.

      3. Mr. Fiddler. You may have “visited” the plants and no doubt they knew you were coming and had everything nice and tidy for you BUT in my work with the CHDC I had to review ALL of the footage from Bouvry’s Fort MacLeod plant and the LPN plant in St. Andre. After watching 353 horses, two donkeys and 7 mules being executed I can attest to the fact that assembly-line slaughter is in NO WAY HUMANE AND NEVER WILL BE! I’ve also had to watch parts of the Richelieu footage but, mercifully, not all of it too and no matter what device is used, captive bolt or rifle, NEITHER WORK. Take the time to read our reports which can be found here http://defendhorsescanada.org/ under the Investigations tab. Take the time to actually read them. Perhaps then you’ll see that what they showed you and the reality are very different.

    2. Mr. Fiddler should try visiting a nursing both with and without an appointment and take note of the differences.

  7. Jean Hattie · ·

    I do not support horse slaughter, period. I cannot support a bill that allows the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Slaughtering horses for any reason is not okay. Faking equine passports has occurred and will continue to occur. Who will be checking them? There aren’t enough CFIA inspectors as it is. And the Canadian taxpayer, of which I am one, will continue to pay for private for profit businesses. The people who have already posted thier comments get it. Horse slaugher is NOT acceptable. Any bill that includes an exception to allow horse slaughter for human consumption is also NOT acceptable!!!!!

  8. Patricia Strecker · ·

    Doesn’t this throw the door wide open for the wild Mustang? They will almost for sure pass inspection because wild horses are not treated. I’m afraid the hust and roundup for the wild ones will get worse for that very reason.

    1. That is exactly what I was thinking. They will all be gone because of this bill. Killbuyers will be rejoicing .

  9. V Fisher · ·

    If this Bill passes it becomes law. Any law can be amended, added onto, and changed according to more Legislation passed. Do you trust the Government? I sure don’t.

  10. This is a sad day. We are supposed to now get behind a bill that says we are OK with this practice as long as horses are ‘approved’? Not me. This does nothing to improve any of the conditions these horses have to endure to get to Asia or Europe. It does nothing to enforce accountability to over breeding, transport, or humane slaughter. I see just a shift in the industry with this new bill, which has nothing to do with enforcing any regulations on the inhumane stall to plate process. The owner of the slaughter house in Westwold BC had an ad online for help at his horse breeding facility in Manitoba, the inquirers just needed to know about breeding, not breaking, not training, not selling, what does this tell you?

    I foresee, falsified documents being a result, racing culls much earlier, horses sent to slaughter t a younger age – before they need pain medicine, and others not getting medicine they need because they will need a clean passport. Ferals will have no chance with this, even less so than they do now. Kill buyers, when talking on the European passport subject, have already stated in 2010, that if the passport issue came up here the documentation would be falsified more often than not.

    I cant get behind this new bill. In all honesty, I feel it will open a whole new can of worms, and horse will be the next intensively farmed animal.

    1. Jody, do you have a link to the ad for KML? Also, the bill does address transport here:
      9.1 (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall send or convey from one province to another, or import or export
      (a) a horse or other equine for slaughter for human consumption; or
      (b) horsemeat products — or meat products derived from any other equine — for human consumption.
      This bill is all we have right now and, if it passes, should protect the majority of horses who end up in the slaughter pipeline, you know, the ones who end up at auctions. Hopefully, it would effectively put a very large dent in the slaughter trade. Kill buyers will try to find ways around it and some may BUT the key is enforcement of the law, should the bill be passed. With any luck the kill buyers and plants will get fed up with having to comply with so many rules and regs they’ll go back to killing cattle, bison and any other critter they set their bloody hands on.
      To date, MP Atamanenko is the ONLY MP to show any support to this cause and he’s scheduled to retire in 2015 so unless another champion for the horses comes forward, this is it.

  11. mp clark, Search these two Canadian Ministeries
    “|Canadian Food Inspection Agency”
    or
    “Health Canada”

    Consider this, TRACIBILITY\ PASSPORT program introduction to cover Horses from the US and Canada conforms to exactly what the EU will demand for Horse meat import into their countries sooner rather than later.
    My point is why would U.S. or Canadian Horse owners support a TRACIBILITY\ PASSPORT system for their Horses that will regard them as a SAFE, LEGITIMATE food animal in the eyes of the EU .
    I believe” Canadas New Safe Food Act” that will see emphasis on ENHANCED TRACIBILITY intentionally cover Horses, and that is why it should be OPPOSED by Horse owners in the US. and Canad most vigerously.
    Maybe I am missing somethin, but this is how I understand it..

  12. Presently the Conservative Govt.[ SOLID PRO HORSE SLAUGHTER PARTY] is working on what they call” New safe food for Canadians act”.One of the pillars of this act is enhanced” Tracibility”. Presently there is no” Tracibility” program or regulation in Canada to impose “Tracibility” for Horses ,simply due to the fact they are not regarded as a food animal for human consumption as are Cattlle, Sheep, Pigs ETC.Given the fact that the U.S. Public would most likely clearly oppose any attempt to iniate a “Tracibility” program for their Horses, that under EU rules it is only a matter of time before U.S. Horse meat is banned, especially given the recent routine corruption in the EU where Horse meat was mixed with Beef and it was not possible to “Trace” the animals to confirm their health and drug history. The C571 Bill that would replace C322 would provide an exemption where by Canadian Horses could be slaughtered for human consumption if they were covered under a” Tracibility” program, which the EU will demand shortly. The EU and Canadian Govt. clearly realizes that the EID is not creditable and open to fraud and corruption, not to mention the unnecessary risk to their people of consuming meat contaminated with Drugs that are never to enter the human food chain.
    If the Horse owners in the U.S. oppose any program for TRACIBILITY of their Horses, and Canadian Horse owners do the same then the EU will ban Hose meat from the US and Canada. SIMPLE AS THAT.
    Why would anyone who is opposed to Horse slaughter embrace the introduction of a Tracibility program that would have to be part of C571, and that automically conforms to EU Regulation.
    Am I missing something, or perhaps just not understanding

    1. Dennis Davey: if US residents want to write regarding “If the Horse owners in the U.S. oppose any program for TRACIBILITY of their Horses, and Canadian Horse owners do the same then the EU will ban Hose meat from the US and Canada. SIMPLE AS THAT”, what would we specifically say and to whom would the email be sent? Are there email address we can use? (If so, I can copy that to social media on my own. Americans are not sure to how to address members of the Canadian govt.)

    2. V Fisher · ·

      All of our Provincial horse organizations are pro-slaughter and support the Horse Welfare Alliance Canada (HWAC). HWAC has been trying for years to put in place a traceability program. Funding was their downfall. Currently, to obtain insurance and have the ability to compete in Canada, you must be a member of your Provincial horse organization, who reports to Equine Canada. No Provincial Membership, no passport issued from Equine Canada. Can you see where this is going? I handed in my membership with the Alberta Equestrian Federation years ago, due to their support of HWAC. Here’s a good place to make a stand. I don’t support Bill C-571 and won’t support any Bill that allows horse slaughter. Hand in those memberships people and say NO to horse slaughter.

      1. Laureen Godin · ·

        You are so right, with this new Bill, we are backing down and agreeing with slaughter. I wish Europe would shut their borders to Canadian and US horses and the SAFE Bill pass. Business in Canada will come to pretty much a stand still. I want to see Bouvry out of business for good!!!

  13. WE MUST SAY NO TO HORSE SLAUGHTER….PERIOD. Watering down the movement to accept a bill that says it’s ok to slaughter horses raised for food – it’s wrong to slaughter horses for any reason. We must stand together and spread the truth to all Canadians and become a loud, strong, compelling, and persistent voice against horse slaughter for any reason. We must increase public and media attention by holding events that attract attention and create great photo-ops for editors.

  14. What we do is fight. If we get discouraged, the killers win. If we increase our effort every place we can, we spread the truth. That is all that is needed for voters to find out the facts about this trafficking.

    We got this far, right? What does getting discouraged do? Nothing but encourage the worst elements. Some of this comes back to basic ed–we make sure to spread word everywhere we can.

    I know we will win this one. After this win comes more wins against slaughter. Corporate Ag is most afraid of that–horse slaughter leads us in to all slaughter operations where the big money is. Ending horse slaughter is just the start.

    After all, Velma Johnston (Wild Horse Annie) fought from the 1950’s to her wins in 1969 and 1971. She faced many obstacles. The Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 was Velma Johnston’s victory. She had to go back to Congress twice.

    We persist and we win. This is what history shows, time after time.

    http://www.USA.gov HB1094 and S541

  15. Barbara Griffith · ·

    One of the major problems in the US is the fact that a large percentage of the US senate are paid large donations by the racing industry, the quarter horse industry and numerous other stake holders to never pass any bill that puts a stop to US horses sent to Mexico/Canada to be killed.
    The senators from the states that have large cattle ranches such as TX, Wyoming and several more will always be against stopping horse slaughter. Like what TX Senator John Cornyn said in his letter to me when I sent him and about 13 other senators that were on a committee 2 years ago each a copy of the video that was secretly taken inside the Bouvry slaughter plant. This man said that he would never cosponsor any bill that would remove the right of a horse owner to sell or do whatever they wanted with their property. Right now there is 167 cosponsors for the House version of the S.A.F.E.Act H.R.1094. But there is only about 28 or 30 at the most for the Senate Version of the S.A.F.E.Act S.541 the only senators cosponsoring are the original group plus a few more that cosponsored this past year. Canada has the same problem that the US senate has money being given to corrupt politicians. The senators here are given hundreds of thousands in donations from the racing industry because the breeders of TB’s use slaughter to rid themselves of brood mares that don’t breed anymore and the owners, the people that race them, use horse slaughter to rid themselves of horses that don’t bring in winnings. These horses are kicked to claiming races and if they still can’t win they are taken to auctions and sold to kill buyers. There are thousands of TB’s dumped like this every year and this industry breeds 30,000 foals every year looking for money making winners. The horses don’t have a chance, between the crooked US Senate and greedy owners they are out gunned.

  16. I felt that this new bill should be rejected immediately, too. I can understand that feeling since I had the same reaction initially. I then had to consider what the options might be if activists could use this new law against corporate slaughter operators, legally or illegally. We have people here in the US who will take employment in order to expose the operations of slaughter houses and put them up on social media in order to gain more public outcry. So far, that has been effective for groups like Mercy for Animals. It garners public support through shock at what actually happens. Viewers are horrified and prompted into action. They must be directed into pressuring elected officials and agencies in a persistent manner.

    Examples: An activist named Taylor Radig recently exposed horrific cruelty in Colorado and ended up winning with animal cruelty charges brought against a slaughter operation with cattle. Public exposure with petitions and a public campaign online helped her win. The results of her work were also made public to the signers of the petition on Causes. Tyson got nailed by a supposed worker who then made videos during his temporary employment on the floor at the pig slaughter plant. That effort was publicized by Mercy for Animals and used against Tyson to a good effect. There is more work to be done regarding the presence of Tyson in this country.

    The next step is to remove cash from these slaughter corps and run them out of business. When you destroy a market, you remove the incentive to produce the horrific product. Steve Long of Horseback Magazine mentioned this strategy. If cash is all there is, taking away cash ruins the trafficking.

    My personal choice would be to pass a total ban and enforce asap, too. That also drives up costs here in the US but perhaps at less cost than losing 123 million tax dollars a year to this trade. I like a direct approach, too. However, if this new bill gives activists a chance to do harm to slaughter corps, that is another option while working for a complete and total ban on slaughter. I can see where some activists might be able to use this to harass slaughter operators. The Russians somehow got into their horse slaughter operations and put the video up on Facebook. The response was predictable and helpful to the cause.

    Costs of enforcement could be made clear to Canadians as another reason why slaughter operators must be driven from Canada. This is a persuasive argument for the non-horse people in the population. Everyone cares about money being used for a privately owned industry. That cost would have to be illustrated so all could read about it in media. To that effect, The White House sent emails regarding rules from the USDA regarding detailed transport rules and rejected every effort from slaughter operators to evade enforcement. The White House then went on the attack against slaughter, resulting in Tom Vilsacks’s announcement that slaughter is not an option for the US. The Congress finally decided to give a year in the latest budget re inspecting slaughter plants. That is all we have. We do not have or goal and this fight has to be intensified in order to get the SAFE Act passed. We face obstruction here in Congress and in the states. This is the time to press harder and not give up.

    Corruption and slaughter travel together. We are inspired by the dedicated activists from Canada like Jacquie (sp?) Sharp, who did the Billy Bob videos. I use those on social media in advocacy. That is why I check on this blog.

    While I am torn about how best to attack to reach the final goal which is the elimination of all slaughter, I would help with any Canadian effort which results from this tiny opening onto onsite operations. Any American would feel the same way.

    The objective of ending slaughter permanently is never the question here. It is possible to see how this bill could be used in the meantime by determined activists. This bill is no substitute for a ban. Work has to continue on that. With the feeling I have seen online from Canadians, I have no doubt that the work to end slaughter will continue. Americans feel the same way.

    In my view, I feel that Canadians achieved public attention and have inched forward toward the final goal. I hope that dedicated anti-slaughter advocates are encouraged by the public recognition of their situation and by support from the US. We admire Canadian’s steadfast support for a total ban. We fully agree. If anything, this should goad more people into action. Numbers of active advocates matters.

  17. Kathryn Syssoloff · ·

    Well, it is with a heavy heart that I read the change to our Bill and the direction of our fight to stop horse slaughter in Canada has been scratched. I know from my years working opposite Government with Union contracts, that once you loose something, you will never get it back. What has just happened now with this change… is that we are asking Canada to support horse slaughter and market them as long as the horses pass inspection. When the word gets out that horses can be marketed right along with beef, pigs, sheep, etc., the horse industry is going to take off!! We are talking Grade A Beef… and now… Grade A Horse. Absolutely shameful and I’m so unbelievably angry about this!!!!!!!!! Gawd damn it!!!!!!!

  18. micki_arden@bell.net · ·

    As much as I realize that this direction is a good/bad direction, my heart is broken. No horse should become meat. They just aren’t made to be such. I have written up several letter that I am sending out to several MP’s. The letter will be sent out I will change the Bill number. But really we must not stop fighting for those poor creatures that are where they are because of over breeding, greed and ignorance. My petition will be sent to the MP suggested that signatures come from as far away as Arizonia. I am putting the sheets up at a racehorse rescue center. What is the timeline to send the petition to the MP Alex Atamanenko. It is frustrating, do you all know that in China there are people fighting hard quietly to end the slaughter of cats for consumption and over breeding, as well at the government level they are ending the eating of dogs in Shanghai. These two horrible practices have been around for years and yet many people have said “no more” and even a government like the one in China is open to change. So we all have to forge ahead. Thanks to you all for all your work. We will continue for the very necessary changes needed, for one of the most beautiful creatures on this planet.

  19. We just received an email from Ingrid at PETA and she writes, “The Chinese New Year marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Horse, but as I write this letter, horses across the U.S. are headed to auction and then on a terrifying trip to the kill floor of a slaughterhouse.” Sad to say, pretty soon Canadians will enact new legislation that says it’s ok Ingrid 😦

  20. I am in the US and our one year is started. We have the SAFE Act to get passed and then rapid enforcement to be concerned about. We have our battle here to win.

    I saw the comments and I feel the same way. However, if this bill raises costs for slaughter operations and causes business tie-ups due to stringent enforcement on operators, this could be a nice addition to the original bill. Increased business costs make slaughter a far less desirable option for the kill plant owners. Ever-rising costs can eventually force businesses elsewhere. When it comes to business projections for profits, corporate kill plant owners will find Canada a less interesting place to be. While that does not end slaughter, it does give Canada a chance to make itself so unfriendly re profits that kill plant owners may decide that the US and Canada simply cost too much to operate in. Legally sanctioned business harassment from enforcement and activists would be more possible. Enforcement gets people on site as witnesses, too. Any resulting evidence, legally or illegally obtained, is more available for use in online social media.

    Mexico would be the only site left for this ripoff activity then. We can all help Mexico in its battle to rid itself of these kill plants, then.

    If N America becomes so unprofitable, where are the kill corps gong to go? How much would it cost a company with a corporate location in Belgium to then relocate a plant again? Every relocation costs a company monetarily and in costs for the chaos which ensues: rehiring employees, etc. Maybe this bill would bring about a need for constant enforcement actions, causing unpredictable and constant shutdowns in business due to non-compliance with new regulations. Vendors would find this a nightmare and want to seek their “products” elsewhere. Consumers of this horrific product will not pay after a price point, especially in this slow global economy. In any event, the all-important cash leaves. This industry is all about the cash and nothing else. This industry pays no bills and no taxes whenever it can. The resident population pays for all slaughter operations.

    Enforcement costs these operators, even low level killbuyers. See Ohio enforcement action from FDA: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2012/ucm313462.htm

    This bill is not what anyone wants but it helps to a small degree. I can see why the MP may want this bill in.

    1. The only reason for the new Bill is because we with others brought to light the tainted horsemeat scandals and the EU took notice because of European public disgust and fear – is horsemeat ‘that’ contaminated? Yes, tests proved so. The CFIA simply does not have the sheer numbers of staff required to enforce anything – about 90,000 horses are slaughtered every year in Canada and just about as many unscrupulous people support and/or work in the industry – either from the sidelines like horse councils (their allegiance certainly aren’t to the horses!) to some horse industries to killer buyers, etc etc. This industry is about profit and not animal or human welfare (this new Bill just makes it easier to do business as usual – the Bill even says it’s ok to slaughter horses). Who in their right mind can support that?

  21. judye822 · ·

    I believe Backstreet Bully was slaughtered in spite of medical records being faxed in an attempt to save him; I’ve seen articles regarding a slaughtered horse with a European passport being found to be alive and well (seems like papers were used on another….); and I doubt much change will occur regarding the more than 100,000 horses shipped into Canada from America for slaughter. The only way to end the travesty of slaughter and insure any/all exports of horsemeat for human consumption is to pass the SAFE Act in America and appropriate, relevant legislation in Canada.
    It is difficult fighting the predatory, crime-infested, greed-driven industry of horse slaughter; it’s all about the MONEY!!!

  22. V Fisher · ·

    I supported Bill C-322 because it would end horse slaughter, not because I was concerned about people eating tainted meat. I think if you are barbaric enough to eat horse, you deserve a belly full of cancer causing drugs. I feel betrayed. I see this new bill only slowing down horse slaughter for 6 months, which is the time they have to say the horse was drug free. Kill buyers and others faked passports in the past and they will fake them again. Bill DesBarres must be doing cartwheels as this is what he and Big Ag pushed for, a passport system that will streamline horses into the pipeline. Horse slaughter is a cruel and inhumane act and this new bill does nothing to stop that. Sorry, but that’s how I see it. If someone has positive things to say that I just can’t see right now, please let me know. I could use something positive right now.

    1. Completely agree with your comments V Fisher. We should not support any Bill that endorses horse slaughter since it is a cruel and inhumane practice. What does it matter whether the horse was raised for food or not? The CFIA cannot even keep up with the current regulations what on earth makes anyone think that they are going to verify ‘food’ passports? So what some anti-horse slaughter folks now say is that it’s ok to torture some horses to death and not others. What is the anti-horse slaughter movement coming to in Canada?! In the USA they said “NO” and horse slaughter has not resumed. Why don’t we spend our energies and resources saying “NO” and pushing forward the SAFE ACT with our those who are our like-minded neighbours?

      1. V Fisher · ·

        I do support the SAFE Act in the U.S.!! I send letters and emails all the time to their Senators and Governors, and I sign all the petitions on-line as well. It isn’t just our problem. I’m still very disappointed that all our hard work and support for Bill C-322 got tossed aside for this new Bill.

    2. In his press release, MP Atamanenko mentions legislative issues to do with Safe Food for Canadians that would have blocked Bill C-322. Not only that, but the bill wasn’t receiving support from the majority of MPs.

      Unfortunately, we all need to at least try to understand the big picture and the politics involved.

      In the US there are no horses being slaughtered right now because of support from the political arena. There, too, horses are considered either companion animals or livestock, depending on whose care they happen to be in. The horses are very fortunate that certain politicians, including the Vice President, didn’t want to see any more slaughterhouses being built.

      The U.S. has recently made strides in keeping horse slaughter off their turf and this is only because of advocates and politicians working hand-in-hand.

      The politics behind these issues of the heart are often very difficult to understand, but there are strategies that we can use, within the political arena, to further our agendas.

      When we’re talking about legislation, it always comes back to who in the government will support an issue.

      We all love horses, have lobbied for an end to their slaughter for a decade now, and will continue to do so. This has been very difficult for all of us, to say the very least.

      1. Some advocates and some politicians worked hard to keep horse slaughter out of America – but there were and are just as many strong voices for horse slaughter starting up again in the USA. The Anti-horse slaughter movement is making smaller strides in Canada and the minute the movement says “OH this new Bill we support!”, then there is no hope left for horses since this new Bill effectively says it’s ok to slaughter ‘some’ horses. In effect, factory farming for ‘some’ horses is ok because that’s good for trade which is the euphemism that this new Bill actually applauds. This is the year of the horse – stand up for the horse!

    3. Agree – it waters down the anti horse slaughter movement’s strong stand against horse slaughter – for any reason. Never mind just human consumption – what about killing thousands of horses for the pet food industry etc. I believe the position must hold course “NO HORSE SLAUGHTER” period.

      1. Horsemeat has not been used in dog food since 1978 when the USDA banned it. It’s also not used in dog food in Canada. I can remember seeing cans of horsemeat in the stores years ago but not now, thank God.
        This bill will help those thousands of horses who are dumped at auctions and end up with kill buyers. Kill buyer Fred Bauer alone, over a 5 month period sent 1500 horses to a Quebec slaughter plant. 1500. Will this create a purpose-bred industry? I doubt it. Too much money to invest and slaughter is all about making money fast. This bill would effectively close down the two plants in Quebec as they would not have enough “product” coming in as the bulk of the poor souls slaughtered in Canada come from the US and the US are not pro tracking at all. As to Bouvry, well, time will tell. The drafts on the feedlots are for the Japanese market. The Europeans like their meat lean which the drafts aren’t so, likely they can’t be used for that market and if the bill bans exports then that closes the door on the drafts to Japan. It’s not perfect, but it’s a step and given this current Conservative government who are all for business at any cost, if it passes then it can be tightened up in time.

    4. Laureen Godin · ·

      Yes, Canadian horse slaughter companies must be doing cartwheels as the US budget did not provide for inspections and the Canadian Bill failed. Therefore, thousands of US horses will continue to be shipped to Alberta and Quebec. More money and business for Bouvry, etc.!

  23. Heather · ·

    Well it is a start; however, you will see more and more people stating that they raise horses for food, so they can be sent to slaughter…..very, very disappointed with our government!!

    1. Exactly – there will just be more lies, more payoffs….in my opinion this waters down the resolve of the anti horse slaughter movement. I understand the reasoning but think it’s a mistake.

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